April 29, 2013 Subject:
Its been a few weeks since I watched it but I was impressed by the gun camera footage and the accompanying narration. There was also good ground operations footage and narration. One part which was made to impress then and even more so now was that the ages of the pilots (with hundreds of missions) and their flying commanders seem to be no higher than 26.
Despite the fact that certain people on the Internet Archive don't like posts that are too personal, I just want to say that I feel a great affinity and nostalgia for the P-47 Thunderbolt, as my late father flew these planes, as well as working on them as a mechanic, during WWII.
As a baby-boomer with a WWII disabled vet father, one of my favorite memories was going with Dad to Wright-Patterson Field and Museum during the 1960s so he could see one of these planes again, up close and personal.
One of my last photos of Dad has him wearing a white t-shirt with a Thunderbolt across the front in full, blazing color.
Today I'm remembering Dad and his Thunderbolt!
January 15, 2010 Subject:
The P-47 was a great plane. I have never seen one live at an air show. I still marvel that anyone could fly the thing. An awful lot to keep on your mind and things move so fast.